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Apple announces the new iPhone 3G S

Latest Apple iPhone handset to launch on June 19

Apple iPhone 3G S

The new iPhone 3G S features a compass, a 3Mp camera, video recording and voice control.

Apple has unveiled a new version of its iPhone mobile phone at Apple’s worldwide developers conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, following intense online speculation about the new iPhone’s features.

The new Apple iPhone, named the iPhone 3G S comes in two versions with 16GB and 32GB capacities – twice as much memory as the previous range – plus a faster processor and an upgraded 3Mp autofocus camera that can record video.

Apple iPhone 3G S UK pricing and launch date

O2 has claimed that the 16GB model will sell for around £185 and the 32GB model will sell for around £275, both depending on tariffs. The handset will become available in the UK on 19 June with pre-orders being taken at Carphone Warehouse from 10 June.

Apple claims that the new iPhone 3G S will come with a stronger battery life and the new Apple iPhone operating system, version 3.0. The new iPhone operating system will also be available for free to existing iPhone 3G users as of 17 June, and to Apple Touch owners, who will have to pay £5.99.

New iPhone Operating System 3.0

The new operating system is said to include more than 100 new features: including cut, copy and paste, the ability to send multi-media messages such as photos (MMS), expanded parental control for TV shows and apps from the , and the ability to capture and send audio messages.

The new operating system will allow users to compose messages and notes on a new landscape keyboard. There is also a function that helps you to trace the handset when it has been stolen or lost, and wipe all of the content remotely if it can’t be retrieved. The new iPhone operating system also allows users to control some of the devices functions through voice control.

Fastest, most powerful iPhone yet

The new iPhone features HSDPA, which is a faster download speed than the 3G on the previous iPhone. Philip Schiller, an Apple senior vice president, said: ‘iPhone 3G S is the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet and we think people will love the incredible new features including autofocus camera, video recording and the freedom of voice control.’

The new iPhone 3G S also features a compass, which, along with the handset’s integrated GPS makes map reading and navigation an easier task as the map rotates as you change direction.

iPhone rumours and speculation

Jon Barrow, Which? mobile phone expert, said: ‘The last few months has seen lots of excited speculation concerning the new iPhone and only a small number of these rumours have been proven to be true. Some of the shortfalls regarding the iPhone 3G have been rectified, such as the lack of video and MMS, but it seems that the iPhone 3G S is a step forward in natural handset progression rather than the groundbreaking move by Apple that many expected.

‘The new iPhone 3G S, like the 3G, is a premium-priced device and tied to O2 networks, which is still likely to put off some consumers’.

The iPhone 3G was launched in July 2008, and went on to become a Which? Best Buy. We shall test the new iPhone 3G S in the coming months.

Which? also has reviews of other mobile phone handsets including the latest touchscreen iPod rivals from BlackBerry, HTC, LG, Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson.  

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